Discussion Archive

19 May 2008 - 8:44am
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6 years ago
10 replies
jabbett
2008

Open format between Visio and Omnigraffle?

After observing the list for a while, it's clear that our community is split
between Visio users on PCs and Omnigraffle users on Macs. Is there a format
common to both Visio and Omnigraffle with which we can publish stencils,
templates, etc. so we don't have to duplicate our efforts? Alternatively,
are there simple converters between the two formats?

-Jonathan

17 Feb 2010 - 9:17am
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5 years ago
22 replies
suewah
2008

Personas: how many is too many?

There is this project I'm working on that is for pet owners, breeders
and vets. They have identified 15 consumer types between the three
main segments I've mentioned. The client is requesting we create
personas for all 15. In my experience I've rarely have had to create
more than 4 on any given project. For this project I believe I can get
away with 3.

Does anyone have any thoughts as too what is too many or too few
personas? Have you come across a similar client request? And how did
you deal with it?

Thanks,
Charles Sue-Wah-Sing
www.suewahsing.com

26 Oct 2010 - 5:26pm
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4 years ago
1 reply
Juan Ruiz
2007

Estimation process for UX services by hours or by deliverables?

Hello community

Apologies if this is a thread that has existed already, however, I would like to get your input on this.

One thing that we have noticed with clients when they ask for estimates is that they ask the UX team to detail every single action for each activity we suggest to perform (for the proposal), and because of this, the billable hours/days start to pile up and then we ended up with a massive quotation.

The nature of the UX work is not as streamlined as the developers (or even designers) work where they have to write code following a set of directions and with an outcom

30 Jan 2014 - 11:29am
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1 year ago
7 replies
lesliedann
2012

Prototyping vs annotated wireframe deliverable

I am wondering if it is possible to create annotated wireframes with a browser chrome or a device around the UI that can be viewed in an annotated deliverable but then be able to remove the chrome/device in the prototype version of the same wireframe file. I.e. Maybe put the device/chrome in a layer that can be turned off when the prototype is generated? Anyone have ideas which programs may be able to do this?

1 Jul 2008 - 4:02pm
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6 years ago
27 replies
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Dan Saffer
2003

Hiding and Disabling Menu Items

Joel ("On Software") says,

"A long time ago, it became fashionable, even recommended, to disable
menu items when they could not be used.
Don't do this. Users see the disabled menu item that they want to
click on, and are left entirely without a clue of what they are
supposed to do to get the menu item to work.

Instead, leave the menu item enabled.

5 Dec 2008 - 3:07am
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6 years ago
7 replies
Bart Schouten
2008

Inactive UI elements: disable or disappear?

I'm struggling with an UI issue, so I'm hoping to receive some advice from
you. Imagine a textprocessor (i.e. Word) application in which you can edit
both text and image objects. The interface is clean and simple, only the
most needed functions are available in this app. An advantage of the
limited amount of functions is that they all fit in one toolbar without
cluttering or being miniscule.

7 Jul 2009 - 3:28pm
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5 years ago
9 replies
David B. Rondeau
2003

Interaction design can affect everyone, not just people who own a computer. What does this mean for IxD?

As an example of the far-reaching impact of interaction design, I recently wrote about the Boston MBTA subway system and the Charlie kiosks that are used to purchase fares. Every day, hundreds of thousands of people ride the Boston subway and many of them are confused and frustrated by the interaction design of the kiosk.

21 Jan 2006 - 6:28pm
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9 years ago
23 replies
Jon Kolko [SCAD]
2005

MS, MFA, or Mdes?

Hi,

If you had your druthers and were pursuing a masters degree in Interaction
Design, would you rather receive an MS, MFA, or M.des? Why?

Thanks,

Jon Kolko
Professor, Industrial & Interaction Design
Savannah College of Art and Design

http://facultypages.scad.edu/~jkolko
AOL IM// jkolkoSCAD

28 Oct 2010 - 5:08pm
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2 years ago
9 replies
Malia Zoghlin
2009

HFI Training Courses - worthwhile? Pros / Cons?

I am considering the fast track HFI usability courses - has anyone taken those? I found a thread from 2007 on the topic but was wondering if anyone had more recent experience. Thanks in advance.

Here's the info on the training: http://www.humanfactors.com/training/schedule.asp

 

3 Mar 2010 - 4:49am
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1 year ago
12 replies
Alex Morris
2009

Centred Layout Vs Left Aligned

One of those old chestnuts that keeps rearing its head in discussion with client and/or the visual design team.

Left aligned (fixed width) sites are evil right? ;-)

Anyone got any evidence to the contrary?

Love to hear your thoughts.

Alex